Bring your t-shirt, shorts, sneakers and a camera . . . and take dwelling memories!
Guests bicycle from a single side of this lush, green, tropical island to the other. Bicycle along the beach by way of tree-shrouded streets and shady, hidden lanes by way of the “Presidential Gate” in the Old Navy Base, along the old waterfront — and into history. They will find out the Crucial West of the natives!
Christian Rieger, president of the parent corporation, The Bike Tour of Crucial West Z, Inc., says, “Our group of specialist guides wend and wind guests by way of the nooks and crannies of this sea-faring town at the edge of a continent. They see little cottages and grand old mansions amidst stately palms and lofty mahogany trees. They get the complete gamut of this city of 19th century wreckers, cigar-makers, and spongers.”
The island's association with American history began in 1821 with a merchant by the name of John Simonton. This effectively-heeled, New Jersey-born man had been treasurer of that state's initially chartered bank. He had a couple of bucks in his pocket and appreciated the strategic worth of Crucial West.
He sailed to Havana and purchased it from Juan P. Salas for $two,000 money. $two,000 was then like a couple of million dollars is nowadays. All points regarded, it was rather a deal simply because as a regional when stated, “You cannot hardly acquire a tree for that.”
Quickly right after the obtain, New England seafarers, Bahamians, and Cubans settled on the island. Back then it was then v-e-r-y isolated from the rest of America. It was at the finish of a string of little islands extending down from the vast semi-tropical wilderness of the Everglades. The two closest Floridian cities have been Panama City on the west coast, and St. Augustine on the east coast. No vehicles, no planes, no trains, and no Miami. Just boats, mosquitos, and lots of distance amongst right here and anyplace else. These have been much less hurried occasions. “Despite the fact that busier nowadays,” says Rieger, “The bike tour requires guests as if by way of a time warp to these easier, less complicated-paced occasions.”
Along the way, participants see quaint old cottages and grand old Victorian mansions that hail from a century and a half ago. Guests go to a spot guests to Crucial West seldom get to see — what Crucial West looked like prior to human settlement.
“We go to a a single-acre, Private Rain Forest Preserve replete with parrots, orchids, bamboos, stately palms and majestic mahogany trees. Most participants believe this is the highlight of the tour. It is component of someone's dwelling, and travelers seldom get to go to the grounds of a private residence — even additional so a single appears like a rain forest.
“We also bicycle along a beach with Cuba 90 miles to our south. There is a quit with a photo op at the Southernmost Point. Just prior to the finish of finish of the tour, we go to a Crucial Lime bakery for a complimentary piece of Crucial West's favourite dessert — Crucial Lime Pie. This is created the classical way with true Crucial Limes, sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks and graham cracker crust.”
Join the Crucial West Bike eco Tour — smell the tropical air, the salt sea and witness the history of Crucial West in what a single newspaper stated “has the most distinctive history in the United States.”